New SharePoint and OneDrive Capabilities Accelerate Your Digital Transformation
On May 16th, during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, Microsoft unveiled a new wave of innovations that build upon the vision they set forth last year to reinvent content collaboration and usher in a new generation of mobile and intelligent intranets.
Customers’ successes inspire Microsoft and illustrate how SharePoint and OneDrive in Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and organizations to share with confidence, transform business process, inform and engage the organization, and harness collective knowledge. May 16th’s announcements make it easier than ever for you to drive these outcomes and accelerate your digital transformation. For even more insights, read Jeff Teper’s post, “SharePoint Virtual Summit showcases growth, innovations and customer success.”
Here’s a recap of the headline announcements that Jeff covered in his blog, and the broader set of innovations Microsoft highlighted during the SharePoint Virtual Summit.
Share with confidence
OneDrive lets you share files securely with anyone—inside or outside your organization. Its deep Office integration, which powers rich co-authoring, allows you to collaborate on these shared files with others in real time. And it lets you access all your Office 365 files, including your individual work files and files shared with you by individuals, teams and the organization—regardless of whether you’re on a PC, Mac, an iOS or Android device or a Windows phone.
See all your files in File Explorer with OneDrive Files On-Demand
Two weeks ago at Microsoft Build 2017, Microsoft announced OneDrive Files On-Demand, coming to preview on Windows 10 this summer. Files On-Demand enables you to work with all your files in Office 365—both work and personal, across OneDrive and SharePoint—right from File Explorer, without having to download them and use storage space on your device.
Work with all your files in Office 365 from File Explorer with Files On-Demand.
Share files directly from File Explorer on Windows and Finder on Mac
Last week, Microsoft also announced that starting this summer you will be able to share Office 365 files directly from File Explorer on PC and Finder on Mac. The sharing experience has been simplified, so you can share a file or folder with specific people or send a link that enables anyone who needs access, inside or outside your organization. In addition, you can now control how long a link provides access, and you can easily view and modify the permissions you have granted. The new sharing experience is the same, whether you share on the web, in Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 7, or in Finder on Mac.
Share files and folders with colleagues inside and outside your organization directly from File Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 7.
Share files and folders with colleagues inside and outside your organization directly from Finder on Mac.
Innovations that Microsoft released over the last year and announced May 16th are sparking customers to choose OneDrive over other file storage and sharing solutions. Read “File sharing and cloud storage with OneDrive and Office 365” to learn more.
To learn more about these and other announcements for OneDrive, read “New sharing features for OneDrive and SharePoint” and watch OneDrive for Business updates: simplified sharing and files on demand.
Connect SharePoint team sites with other Office 365 content and services
Over the last year, Microsoft modernized SharePoint team sites and connected them with Office 365 Groups. Last week, they announced additional enhancements—coming later this year—which will further unify collaboration experiences in Office 365, including:
- The ability to connect existing SharePoint team sites to Office 365 Groups, so you can augment existing sites with shared conversations, calendar and Planner.
- Support for adding SharePoint pages as tabs in Microsoft Teams so you can add a tab with a news article or your team site’s homepage, for example. This builds upon the existing ability to add tabs for SharePoint document libraries in Teams. More integration between Teams and SharePoint will be shared at Microsoft Ignite.
Add a SharePoint page to a Teams channel.
To learn more about these and other announcements for SharePoint team sites, read “Personalize team sites in Office 365 and amplify your work using Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups” and watch New personalized, focused experiences across your SharePoint team sites.
Transform business process
SharePoint enables you, your team and your organization to streamline tasks, automate workflows and integrate processes seamlessly into your work—on any device and from anywhere you work.
Create custom SharePoint forms and digital experiences with PowerApps
Starting this summer, you will be able to use Microsoft PowerApps to easily create custom forms and rich digital experiences that surface right in the context of a SharePoint list or library. Users can then create, view and interact with data using your custom form or experience, rather than default SharePoint forms.
Create custom forms inside SharePoint lists and libraries with no code using PowerApps.
This is a significant milestone for both SharePoint and PowerApps, as it empowers any user to drive transformation of team and organizational processes.
Simple approval flows built in to SharePoint libraries
Microsoft also continues to deepen integration of SharePoint and Microsoft Flow. New built-in approval flows let you send any document for approval with a custom message. The recipient can approve the request directly from a rich, actionable email message, so approval and feedback can be given without leaving your inbox.
Approval flows, built in to SharePoint, send a rich, actionable email message.
To learn more about these and related announcements Microsoft made last week, read “Reinventing business processes in SharePoint” and watch Zero code business process apps in SharePoint with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
Inform and engage employees
An intranet lets you communicate to people—keeping them informed of news and information. And it enables you to communicate with people—to engage employees and foster open conversation. It is this engagement that is fundamental to driving digital transformation and culture change.
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